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Missionary Spotlight-Benin
June 2002
Benin

Missionary Spotlight-Benin

Europresse (the French branch of Evangelical Press) held its annual preachers’ course conference in Benin, West Africa, in February 2002. Students from both Benin and Togo attended. Pastor Robert Strivens from England and I were welcomed at the airport by Eric and Paulin, leaders of the Grace Church in Cotonou, Benin. Our hotel was quite run-down. Still, we were in Africa, and the smiling faces of the brethren made up for the lack of comfort! Conference A brother from Cotonou put his car at our disposal and we travelled about 100 miles north to Bohicon, where the conference was held in the compound of the...

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May 2002
Namibia

Missionary Spotlight – Facts

Area— 318,215 square miles.   Neighbours   — Angola, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa. Environment   — Hot desert. The Namib Desert runs along the western coast, the Kalahari Desert runs to the east. The Orange and Zambezi rivers form part of Namibia’s borders. Population   — 1.8 million. Urbanisation   : 39%. Ethnic groups — Bantu 73%, Khoisan 9%, Damara 6%, European or Afrikaans 5%, mixed race 7%. Languages   — English (official), Afrikaans, German, indigenous languages including Bantu. Literacy   — 40% approx. Life expectancy   — 40 years. AIDS is endemic. Capital   — Windhoek (250,000). Economy   — Namibia is rich...

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Missionary Spotlight – Developments in Ovamboland
May 2002
Namibia

Missionary Spotlight – Developments in Ovamboland

Radio preaching and open-air evangelistic campaigns among the Oshivambo people have resulted in much blessing. As a result, new village churches have started. The work has proved particularly fruitful in seven villages.   This fruitfulness is demonstrated by groups of people now gathering to listen to the preaching and teaching of God’s Word in an ongoing Bible ministry. Where a ‘qualified’ leader has been available to take on responsibility for the group, a viable fellowship has been constituted. These leaders have proved hard-working and zealous. Often the new converts are already HIV/AIDS positive, but they have remained eager to follow Christ, and faithful in the...

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Missionary Spotlight – AIM and AEF
May 2002
Namibia

Missionary Spotlight – AIM and AEF

The gospel was first preached in Namibia in the first half of the nineteenth century, when a strong Evangelicalism emerged.   However, the influence of liberal theology gradually led to a weakening of the churches, and large numbers of professing Christians mixed their beliefs with ancestor worship. But the Dutch Reformed Church remained evangelical in doctrine. The Africa Evangelical Fellowship (AEF) sent missionaries to Namibia in the late 1960s. In 1986 the Africa Inland Mission (AIM) joined with AEF to form a larger team that currently works in the capital, Windhoek, and among the Herero, Hambukushu and Lozi people groups. There is also a significant...

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Missionary Spotlight – Encouragements in Namibia
May 2002
Namibia

Missionary Spotlight – Encouragements in Namibia

The South African Baptist Union began missionary work in Namibia in the 1950s. They were followed by Southern Baptists, who caused much harm by their emphasis on baptismal regeneration. As a result many in their churches today have not repented of sin and are not born again.   Blessing   A few of us in recent years have discovered the Reformed faith. This has been through reading Reformed literature — for example, the Puritans, J. C. Ryle, Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones and John Blanchard — and through the ministry of Reformed pastors from England. Namibia’s political, religious and ethnic situation remains stable, so that Christians have freedom...

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Missionary Spotlight
May 2002
Namibia

Missionary Spotlight

The gospel in Namibia   Namibia was a German colony between 1883 and 1915. Subsequently it was ruled by South Africa until 1990.   The first missionaries to arrive in Namibia were Abraham and Christian Albrecht of the London Missionary Society (LMS). They crossed the Orange River and established a mission station in the deep south of Namibia in 1806. This happened some 35 years before David Livingstone set foot on African soil in March 1841. In 1814 Johann Heinrich Schmelen established an LMS mission station at Ui-Gantes (Bethanie) — a strategic base from which other mission stations were planted. Other early missionary endeavours stemmed...

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Missionary Spotlight – Opportunities in Mozambique
March 2002
Mozambique

Missionary Spotlight – Opportunities in Mozambique

Christian missionaries have freedom to work in Mozambique provided they do so responsibly. There are many opportunities. Here are some examples.   Unreached   First, northern Mozambique is an area where Islam is strong and many people have never heard the name of Christ. However, some missionaries are working in rural areas and larger towns like Nampula, Pemba and Lichinga. The civil war forced many to take refuge in cities like Maputo and Beira. There is a need for urban church planting in these places. Secondly, the non-African population of Mozambique provides a pioneer mission field. This comprises large numbers of Muslims and Hindus, various...

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Missionary Spotlight – Sudan
November 2001
Sudan

Missionary Spotlight – Sudan

recognised him as soon as I answered the knock on the guest-house door. He had been one of the evangelists at the previous week’s conference.   His two top front teeth were missing and the first tooth on either side of the gap was bright gold. But it wasn’t his dental work that had imprinted him on my memory — it was the smile on his face when he sang and worshipped, the beauty of the Lord in him. And he wasn’t the only one like that. I was in Sudan at the invitation of the Africa Inland Church (AIC-S) to minister at their first...

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